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Discussion in 'Forum News, Rules & Regulations' started by Trevor, Oct 4, 2017.

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  1. Trevor

    Trevor Protector of the Jedi
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    Hello folks! Star Wars News Net started out as a blog only, and then as it evolved, became a "News AND chat" place for all things Star Wars.

    As the base staff is as rounded as possible in all blog and forum matters, there was never enough Staff Members to be everywhere at once, and as the forum perpetually grew there became a need for a separate unit of folks to concentrate on all matters of the forum specifically.

    We would like you to know your Forum Moderators! :)
     
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  2. Addi Ras

    Addi Ras Jedi General
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    Hi @Addi Ras here or James IRL I first came to SWNN as I was initially looking for somewhere that had good information TFA & then I found the Cantina & so after lurking for a couple of days & seeing how friendly the community was here I joined up & this place has become a rather large part of my life & I have made some great friends here.

    A little about my life outside the Cantina well Iam a original OT guy having seen both ESB & ROTJ at my local Odeon cinema & then started getting as meny of the figures & ships as I could I still have a large proportion of that collection though none are in there packaging & most of there accessories are missing my favourites were the Death Star Gunner & TIE Pilot figures & B Wing was my favourite ship.

    My loves outside Star Wars are food the more unusual the better though Seafood is a particular love & Wine & Whiskey & I have a rather nice collection amassed over the years.

    As for work well at the moment Iam working in retail a couple of days a week.

    Oh & I got my user name from the Secret Cinema showing of ESB I got to attend as a birthday present a couple of years ago.
     
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  3. Stormagadon

    Stormagadon Cantina Court Jester
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    What-ho, what-ho, what-ho!

    Like most everybody here, I've been a fan since childhood. I'm number 5 of a family with seven kids, so I've never gone a day without not knowing Star Wars... so that's kinda nice.
    Besides my interest in our favorite far away galaxy, I am also a huge fan of the British science-fiction series Doctor Who, and many other British shows and what not. P.G Wodehouse is a huge inspiration in my life, both his novels and the shows/films based off his work.

    Anyway, enough about boring entertaining things, I'm also an actor. I've been studying and performing pretty much my whole life. My first performance was at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. when I was five years old, and that love of performing has stuck with me. I've written a little as necessary, directed a wee bit, but my first love is and always will be acting. Hopefully one day you'll see me on screen!

    I greatly enjoy history of all sorts: Fictional, national, Biblical, cinema... etc. etc. etc. List goes on. It's all fun and fascinating.

    And that's it for now. I don't want to keep rambling and bore you to tears. Take care, and see you 'round the forums!
     
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  4. JeffG.

    JeffG. Ewok Hunter
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    Hello fellow Cantina members.

    I'm going to tell you a bit about myself. My love for Star Wars started the first time I watched ANH on its second or third release in theaters. I remember being in awe of everything. Especially with Luke and the lightsabers. Just imaging as a little kid of having a "cool" weapon like that and being able to "do" things with your mind. Pretty cool power, huh? My favorite SW movie keeps going back and forth between Empire and ANH followed by ROTS. I'm also a Walking Dead fan and in sports, it's the Colts and Pacers.

    I've been here in The Cantina since day one, as I was a follower of StarWars7news.com and now SWNN. I came across SWNN on the day that Disney bought Lucasfilm looking for anything about the transaction or for the upcoming movies. This site stood out among the rest for whatever reason and I've been a loyal member and follower since. I remember for the first few days back then no one ever commented on the blog and look how far it has come now. This is the BEST place to get your SW news, IMO.

    That's it for me and I'll c-ya around The Cantina. MTFBWY!!
     
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  5. PrincessLeiaCB3

    PrincessLeiaCB3 The Princess that was Promised
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    Hello there!

    Well, I gotta start by saying two years ago I didn't care as much about Star Wars. As a matter of fact I hadn't seen the OT at all - knew the basics of course but had not seen the OT movies. And same like Rey, it seemed like the Force awakened on me when a month and a half before the premiere I decided to do a Star Wars marathon and things changed. And this is what I love about the Star Wars fandom and the Cantina: we all come from different backgrounds, we might have started loving Star Wars from our childhood or just a week ago, but our love for the saga unites us.

    Back then, I was so hyped I would browse any piece of info about Star Wars and found this forum. It has been such an amazing experience to speculate and engage in civilised discussions about all the aspects from the saga we all love. And from there I became a mod and also a guest contributor on SWNN - here is actually my first guest editorial on how I became a fan.

    No need to say who is my favourite character of the saga - my avatar and username can easily give me away - but it was actually Rey's Halloween costume two years ago that took me into Star Wars, and been wearing it in cosplay and charity events.

    I'm big into the books and comics, also love Rebels and TCW and of course the movies. I'm also a Game of Thrones fan, started back in the day as a Potterhead too and in sports, my teams are the Patriots, Real Madrid, Manchester United, the Rockets and the Astros. I'm an Engineer, but also an aspiring writer and a singer.

    Welcome to this amazing community! May the Force be with you always!
     
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  6. Alamact

    Alamact Demon of the Trident
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    Hello, folks! I'm the scotch guy.

    While most of you here know me as Alamact, sometimes colloquially referred as the Rear Admiral, I suppose it was time to formally introduce myself.

    My name is Chris Miller, and if there ever was a fictional universe that defined my childhood growing up, it would most certainly be Star Wars. As somewhat of a notorious forum lurker among my friends, I've never truly had a desire to actively engage with the debates and the community of internet message boards. I felt like the opinions I held were never absent in those discussions - and as a person who hates redundancy, expressing my thoughts often felt redundant and circular.

    What changed? To put it bluntly: I found an avenue where I could contribute to the community in a way that was distinctive and indispensable - that avenue being the Old Republic Paint Adventures. I will not trouble you with the details here, but I would be remiss if I failed to mention how proud I was of the people that banded around it and the talented individuals that call the thread their home.

    To this day, the Cantina remains the only forum I've ever had an active account on, and it is very likely this will remain so. The community here is something truly special, as trite as that statement tends to be, and when I was offered the chance to play an active role in preserving the strength of our community - I knew deep down that it was pointless to resist.

    Thus, without any further pomp and circumstance, I hope you are enjoying your time on the Cantina to the utmost of your ability, and I will see you all around the boards.
     
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  7. ZebroGodilla

    ZebroGodilla Darklighter Ace

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    My name is...ZebroGodilla. Well, at least here it is. I'm a current college student at UC Berkeley, which means that while I get to be inundated with a heavy workload and extracurriculars for my four years here, I also don't always get the chance to hang around and moderate The Cantina. I also love Biggs Darkligher and his entire existence, from his cool cape and outfit, to his amazing mustache! But enough of the formalities, I've got my life story to tell!

    I would have to say that as a child, I was both energetic and restless. I would run around my house, occasionally break my toys, and would rarely sleep. Sitting down to listen to someone or something was a constant struggle. It was well behaved, but I also just had too much freaking energy to just do a single thing. How I long for that sort of energy and optimism now... ANYWAYS, Star Wars came to my life as an accident. My dad had been renting Star Trek movies from Blockbuster (yeah, that was a thing), and wasn't able to find the film he wanted, so he rented the "other Star-movie". When he got home, he watched it, but I, of course, had better things to do. That is, until I saw the Stormtroopers marching on the Death Star. That image was so vivid and striking, that little toddler me managed to stop running around, sit down, and cross my legs "criss-cross, apple sauce". I watched till the end, and then immediately, had my dad put it on from the beginning before he left to do something else. And the rest is history...Or not.

    Star Wars took over my life. Until the premiere of ROTS, I was constantly finding Star Wars games, watching each movie at least 5 times a year, reading books that were above my reading level (actually greatly helped me, now that I think about it). And my appreciation and love for Star Wars had only grown stronger with each passing day. However, my parents saw it as having taken over my life, removing me from other books, movies, games, interests, and hobbies. I don't disagree with them now, but I still do disagree with their idea of making me "Quit Star Wars". I took it fairly well at first, but eventually, the craving began to overwhelm me. At any neighbor's home, I would watch the movie or play a game there. I would read books in the school library and not check them out. But not being able to have that connection at home was disheartening. However, fortune struck, as I was allowed to use my dad's computer for games on cartoonnetwork.com and the like (funny story, it took me about three hours and two phone calls with my dad at work to type it out correctly). I typed out Star Wars on Google and found an interesting site called Wookieepedia! I hadn't used Wikipedia for school and work just yet, so figuring out what the website was and how it worked was tricky. When I realized I could type anything and read about it, and then take links from those pages to read about stories and characters and ships and more, my mind was blown. I was able to have Star Wars fully in my life again!

    My parents found out really quickly, and to my surprise, relented to my wish to be a Star Wars fanatic. I had done everything I could to remain a fan, and I had also begun reading, studying and watching other things, such as Harry Potter, Ed, Edd n Eddy, astronomy, etc. So, I returned to watching and reading and play Star Wars in my free time, not quite to the levels of before, but more than enough. The Clone Wars came on, and then SWTOR, and then the Lucasfilm purchase, and now the Sequel Trilogy, stand-alone, comics and books, and Rebels. That's a bit of a speed up, but in this day of so much Star Wars content, those were big and exciting things I looked forward to and invested myself in. But to truly be able to enjoy that, I needed others to talk to. By high school, most of my friends had "outgrown" Star Wars, leaving me as a lone Star Wars fanatic in my local community. TFA was on its way, but after the teaser came and went, it was quiet again. I needed to be able to talk, so I looked up forums to join. After hearing about JFC and their struggles with the Prequels (which I love), I decided to check out a website called "starwars7news.com". The articles were informative, the interactions were fun, and The Cantina was so welcoming. I posted constantly, during my ups and downs, and always found a home here, which eventually lead to my joining in the 1030th.

    Star Wars has also shaped my career path as well. As I mentioned before, I also became interested in astronomy. I for a while wanted to be an astronaut, then an astronomer, then an astrophysicist. By high school, I wanted to be a commercial airplane pilot, and then an aeronautical engineer. I was at one point looking to enter STEM, but my interests in them had waned by the end of high school. I took an animation class, thinking I would be an animator, but ended up feeling dissatisfied and bored. All the while, as I continued to consume so much content, from cartoons to politics, I realized I really would love to go into the film industry. So I applied as a Film Major to several colleges and ended up in Berkeley, which has a surprisingly strong Film Studies department. To fill in the production void, I joined a film fraternity, called DKA, and I was worked on films with other students since then. I've thrown myself into lighting, cinematography, screenwriting and even acting! All the while, Star Wars has provided me a base for my own film knowledge, from the technological to the storytelling. So in a way, Star Wars helped decide what my little toddler self was going to do once he became an adult.

    I don't get to be online as often as I wish, so this is a long post, but if you managed to read all of that, just know that I'm really just another fan, and Star Wars has existed before me, with me, and will after me. And for that, I am truly grateful. The Cantina is a great hub for us all, and thank you for reading my story.
     
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  8. TK-1204

    TK-1204 Imperial Special Forces
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    My name is TK-1204, and the Cantina is my post...

    TK-421.gif

    However, in the real world I go by the name of Matt. I'm currently a part-time college student with the long term goal of getting a master's degree in museum studies. I work two jobs, one at a World War II museum, and the other at a local music venue as a back-up lighting technician. I also volunteer at my church as a sound technician.

    As is no doubt the case with many of you here, Star Wars has been a huge part of my life. However, I was first exposed to the wonderful world of science-fiction by my dad via his VHS tapes of Star Trek: The Original Series. It wouldn't be until the age of 5 when I would finally see Star Wars for the first time, when my parents gave me the 1997 special edition box set of the Original Trilogy for my birthday (which I still have!). If Star Trek was what first got me interested in science-fiction, then the original Star Wars trilogy was what got me hooked. And, in 1999, when I got to experience Star Wars on the big screen for the first time with Episode I: The Phantom Menace on opening day, there was no going back. I dragged my dad back to the theater to see TPM some 6 times, and we have since made it a point to see every new Star Was film on release day; a promise we've kept with every film, but the theatrical Clone Wars film released in 2008. My love for the franchise would only grow when, in my teenage years, my dad first exposed me to the Expanded Universe, or EU, by letting me read his copies of the ever famous Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn.

    As some of you might have been able to tell, I've taken a fondness to the franchise's iconic, white armor-clad symbol of Imperial might (whose aim is oh so very precise!). There are, perhaps, a great number of reasons for my childhood fascination with the faceless villains of the original films, but if I had to choose what it was that first sparked my interest in the Stormtrooper, I imagine it was a thought that went something like, "WOW! THAT ARMOR LOOKS SO COOL!" That interest in the "dudes-with-cool-armor" would only be further stoked by my dad who, as both an avid fan of science-fiction and military history, also took an interest. This interest in the "bucket-head" and the Imperial military in general continued to follow me and expand throughout my life, and is what would help nurture a greater interest in real-world military history in later years.

    Before there was the Cantina, there was StarWars7News.com, a site I would soon become very familiar with when the news of the Lucas Film buyout became public, and a brand new Star Wars trilogy was announced. I found myself checking the website almost daily, and would share any news with friends the instant I read it. When the Cantina forums were finally created, I lurked for a little while before finally creating my account, and I am oh so happy I did! What I've discovered here is one of the best communities I've ever had the pleasure to be a part of.

    Well, that's it for me. I hope you enjoy your stay here at the Cantina, and remember: Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side!
     
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  9. Lazarus Dei

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    Greetings Programs! …oh, hang on – wrong franchise :rolleyes:

    Having joined The Cantina in the run up to the release of TFA, I quickly became a regular visitor having found such a great group of like-minded franchise geeks and worked on establishing myself as the friendly, neighbourhood Scout Trooper of the boards. I’m fortunate enough to be able to be part of the Mod team, both here on the boards and on the SWNN and MNN blog sites, helping to maintain the fair and friendly standards that the sites have rightly earned.

    As with many here, I was lured to A Galaxy Far, Far Away as a youngling and pretty much defined my ongoing love affair with all things sci-fi and fantasy – to the moderate dismay of Mrs Lazarus who only just tolerates my continued amassing of geek ‘stuff’ and the emerging effect it is having on our two daughters :D.

    As a result of my passion for the ‘Wars, I ended up taking a degree in film and photography, specialising in writing, production design and editing and have worked on a couple of well known productions. I’ve also written several short stories and even managed to successfully get a piece published many moons ago.

    Alongside the obvious movie and TV interests, I’m also a gamer (Xbox/PC), a big music fan – frequently found at gigs and browsing record stores and a bit (ok a lot!) of a car and motor-sports bore, always enjoying a well styled machine and the sound of a good engine.

    IRL the ‘man behind the mask’ is Jon, based on the south coast in the UK and working in air traffic management.
     
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    FN-3263827 First Order, Then Pie
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    in keeping with the recent theme of kicking off with the appropriately related stormtrooper picture, i'm @FN-3263827 (named so because, as i have mentioned elsewhere in the past, i am total trash for Star Wars).

    i've been a Star Wars fan for over 40 years (since the very beginning), though i might have taken a wee break in 2005. that said, i believe that there is something for everybody in the franchise and no requirement to like, see, read, or engage with all of it. what i don't like, i know other people love and that's all that matters.

    outside of my avatar here i am a faculty head librarian who lives a very luddite life in a graystone city house built in 1890, surrounded by old books and antiques. i am neither a fan of science fiction nor fantasy--just good-hearted storytelling, to which Star Wars has always aspired. my only other mainstream fandom love is Batman (if you think keeping up with 40+ years of Star Wars lore is hard, try 80+!). in a previous life, i was a writer and producer of anime, i published books, comics, and short fiction, taught both creative and technical writing, and wrote plays for the theatre. more recently i was a comic book reviewer and moderator for one of the most popular Batman news sites, but quit that gig a few weeks ago as it was really cutting into my Star Wars time. XD

    i am very honored to be a member of the 1030th Cantina mods here and at SWNN, and am humbled by the amazing and generous friends i have made from all over the world. this is a fandom full of Light: love each other, love Star Wars, and treat yourselves to pie. : D
     
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